One of the biggest media pitches of the year is set to reach its conclusion, with OMD, PHD and Carat thought to have been battling for the Air New Zealand account over the past few months.
Following a creative review that commenced late last year, AA Insurance has parted ways with Special Group and appointed DDB as its new creative agency. But it isn’t all bad news for Special Group, with the agency picking up the cross-Tasman Bell Tea and Coffee Company account.
A source in the industry has revealed that there were concerns about the integrity of the Massey University pitching process, which culminated in the account being awarded to FCB.
Assignment Group has won the creative account for premium dairy brand Kapiti, following a competitive pitch thought to have involved several agencies.
After a creative pitch last year, it is thought the NZ Fire Service is set to appoint FCB as its creative agency. UPDATE: Ministry of Justice confirms it is also working with FCB.
Tourism Australia has announced that it wishes to procure the services of suitably qualified companies to provide public relations services to support Tourism Australia’s marketing activities in a range of countries.
StopPress understands that Ogilvy, DDB and .99 have been shortlisted as the final three agencies vying for the lead for brand and integrated communications segment of the Auckland Council account. Updated with comments from Auckland Council’s acting media manager Mark Hanson.
Motorcorp Group has moved Jaguar and Land Rover from the incumbent account-holders BIG Communications (creative) and Total Media (media) to Y&R NZ, bringing the accounts in line with the global partnership the group holds with the WPP-owned agency.
New Zealand Post and its in-house subsidiary Kiwibank have announced plans to bring their media accounts together, and several agencies are currently involved in a pitch for the new combined account.